Preparing for Brexit

On 23 June 2016, the UK voted to leave the EU, in Kingston the Referendum vote was 38.4% leave & 61.6% remain. Kingston welcomes people from all over the world who make a huge contribution to the community and this includes 11,000 people from other countries in the European Union.

Kingston Council believes diversity is one of the boroughs greatest strengths and wants to protect the rights of all its residents, including EU citizens. 

The full impact of Britain exiting the European Union upon EU Citizens living in the UK will not be known until the negotiations between the UK and the EU are completed. Individual circumstances will vary and in some circumstances residents adversely affected by Brexit may benefit from seeking independent legal advice. Additional information is also available on GOV.UK

Current situation for people from countries in the European Union

If you’re a European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss citizen, you and your family will be able to apply to get either settled or pre-settled status. Those who already have five years continuous lawful resident in the UK will be eligible for settled status. Others will be able to remain in the UK to build-up five years' continuous residence provided they apply for pre-settled status.

This will mean you can continue living in the UK after 31 December 2020, you will have until 30 June 2021 to apply for either settled or pre-settled status. If you're joining a family member in the UK you may be able to apply after this date.

Kingston is one of the local authorities supporting EU, EEA and Swiss citizens complete the ID verification part of the process. 


Kingston Council continues to call for clarity and reassurance from government on what the business and trade agreements will be post-Brexit and the implications for Kingston.

The Government has created an employer's toolkit with advice and information to support EU citizens and their families to apply to the EU settlement scheme.

For information about the potential impact on businesses, what support is available and proposals for how Brexit should be approached from a business perspective see:

Further information